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October 24, 2019

There are certain things I'm used to as part of stepping to a convention. Book launches and signings. Wandering around the convention centre. All-too-brief catch-ups and photo-ops with old friends - as well as new ones. Plus other things that are part and parcel of it...

August 31, 2019

So. Now back on home territory after spending the end of August out in Toronto. No matter where else I travel to during the space of a year, the summer trip to Toronto is always a thing. A chance to catch up with friends, hit FanExpo, do a little networking, etc.

Let's...

July 18, 2019

There's an irony in these conventions in that, as much as you know people there and you endeavour to catch up with them, it invariably fails to meet with 100% success. I think for this year's Edge-Lit, I only caught up with a fraction of people. What happens for a whol...

June 27, 2019

I remember a conversation I had with one of the co-heads of the HWA's UK chapter, Paul Kane, a little while ago. I'm always grateful when we have these convos because this is a man with 'X' number of years experience in the game. Plus, it's an absolute pleasure to talk...

May 21, 2019

Jay-Z's "Give It To Me" has been in mind of late. The hook of the song being: "I'm a hustler, baby, I just want you to know / It ain't where I've been, but where I'm about to go."
 
What also comes to mind is a question a number of people ask me, whether they're peers...

September 16, 2018

For those that don't know, I'm out in Toronto every summer. First and foremost, it's for holiday. A chance to catch up with friends, hang out. Hit some restaurants, hit some bars. Stuff like that. The trip is usually at the end of the summer, which means I have the opp...

September 29, 2017

I remember from my signing at FantasyCon last year, where I was sat next to Jan Edwards. We agree that for those of us in the genre of horror/dark fiction, there are so many genuinely nice and supportive people around us. She says that this is because such people are t...

March 19, 2017

So about a month or so ago, I was hit up by Speaking Volumes. As part of the Breaking Ground project where they include 200 of the UK's black and minority ethnic writers in a brochure to showcase the same, they asked me if I wanted to be part of it. I said, "sure." The...

December 5, 2016

Recently, I had the email from the HWA reminding me that fees were due. Payment doesn't have to be made right now, but of course, they make the reminders to make sure that payments are timely. Will I pay the fee for another year? Most likely. After all, I've met some g...

September 29, 2016

I heard of Fantasycon a little while ago, and toyed with the idea of going. I say 'toyed', because I wasn't sure I'd actually get to go - what with the usual summer trip to Toronto. Not cheap. Still, there'd be a lot of opportunity at Fantasycon - as appears to be par...

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